Our mission is to carry on Uche’s legacy of leadership, collaboration, and support by evolving the next generation of female leaders through scholarship and mentorship. By recognizing and celebrating the light they shine on their communities, we hope to maximize the impact these young women leaders will have on the world.
WHO WE HONOR
Uche Nnedinma Ugochi Chukwuma was born on December 17, 1995 in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was the bright and brilliant daughter of Oliver and Gloira (Aguta) Chukwuma, and sister to Ekeoma Chukwuma and Obumneme Chukwuma. Uche Chukwuma, 24, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Uche graduated from Syracuse University in May 2018 with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and a Minor in African American Studies. While at Syracuse University, Uche founded Light On Ebony, an on-campus organization meant to underline the importance of African American students to break through the line of marginalization. Light On Ebony strived to create a safe space for people of color to discuss culture, oppressions, and their magic. Uche wanted each person that came in contact with Light On Ebony to be great, strong, ambitious, successful, and motivated.
Post-graduation, Uche decided to further her education at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in Georgia. Her dream was to become an entertainment lawyer. She loved Hip-hop music and used to play the violin and the flute. She was also an avid traveler.
Uche is lovingly known as a mentor, a great friend, a loving sister, a caring daughter, a budding entrepreneur, and a social butterfly.